A Place Where Children Flourish. When you walk through our doors, your family is invited into a vibrant, welcoming learning community where children 3 months through 5 years are happy, have friends, develop self-confidence and learn everything to succeed in Kindergarten. With over three decades of experience, no other early childhood center can match our combination of caring, expertise, modern facilities, and huge offerings. We strive to ensure that your child enjoys the best possible learning and developmental experience.

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Quality child care and education depend on caregiving in a friendly, loving atmosphere. Children learn and grow best in a warm, safe, nurturing environment where they are encouraged both individually and in groups to experiment and make discoveries. Our center places children by age and developmental needs. These groups function independently but cooperatively, following routines appropriate to the development of each child.

Learning occurs in a variety of ways, both planned and spontaneous. The center’s program is designed to incorporate many possibilities. We encourage children to make choices and to discuss the activities in which they have participated.

There are opportunities for age-appropriate indoor and outdoor play, storytime, and routines of physical caregiving, health, and competence. Experiences with music & movement, athletics, swimming, arts & crafts, and language and social development are abundant.

The Early Learning Center provides an environment in which children and their families feel at home and comfortable. An integral part of our philosophy is that we work in partnership with families so that we support their needs, child-rearing practices, and family values. Our program is based on practices supported by research in Early Childhood Education. Children learn by doing. We have created an environment and curriculum that is developmentally appropriate, supports children’s individuality, provides space, materials, and activities through which we guide children’s learning.

Children are engaged in experiences that promote self-worth, self-esteem, and self-confidence while learning to be responsible for themselves and their actions. They are taught to cooperate with their teachers and peers while understanding their feelings and learning to express those feelings appropriately. Children grow and feel secure while learning about the world around them.

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We Give You Flexibility 

At SYJCC we understand that there are challenges in raising a family and managing everyone’s busy schedules. We give you the flexibility to schedule your children according to your family’s needs. For your convenience, we offer extended hours – open from 6:30 am to 6:00 pm, five days a week, including many school holidays. You can choose from:

  • Choose 3, 4, or 5 days
  • Choose 4, 6.5, or 8-11.5 hours per day
  • You can even add a day as needed. No need to prepare lunch – it’s provided to your child
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An Active Learning Environment

Recent studies have confirmed what we have known for years; preschool children learn best through active exploration rather than drills and memorization. Visualize your child making friends during circle time, learning new words in a story, mixing colors while painting, experimenting in a science lab, clicking icons on a computer or Smart Board, playing in the tumbling room, and more…..

Children of all ages are nurtured and will grow in their self-concept, emotional, social, language, physical and cognitive development.

Weekly specials include Swimming, Physical Education, Music & Movement, Library & S.T.E.M. Lab: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

Teachers and school administrators tell us that SYJCC graduates arrive well prepared to excel in school both academically & socially.

For fees & more information, please contact Miriam Truss at (631) 462-9800 x114 or email [email protected]